Ask the Experts

& Open Archives

A free program to the community, Ask the Experts is offered every month (excluding July and August), and addresses a featured topic by an expert on prevalent issues relating to historic home and landscape care, as well as  free access to the Archives. Ask questions; get solutions!

This series is FREE, and no pre-registration is required.

Ask the Experts Home & Garden Series

1:30 – 2:30 PM

The Shocking News About Older Homes
Information on antiquated Knob and Tube wiring systems, how to spot them, why they pose a safety hazard, how they affect your home’s resale value and steps to replace them. Mike Janiszewski and Debra Lutz from Generation 3 Electric, a top-rated and full service electrical contractor, will be on hand to provide educational information, answer questions and give options for addressing electrical issues in older homes. Please bring photographs of your home’s panel, wiring, fixtures and outlets for specific advice. For each attendee, GEN3 will give a voucher for a complimentary in-home Knob & Tube Inspection ($199 Value).

Open Archives

1:00 – 3:00 PM

Discover details about your home or street through architectural drawings, photos, maps, real estate atlases, deeds, and diaries. Archivist Alex Bartlett will guide you through the 20,000+ items to find just what you’re looking for. And while you’re here, explore our exhibit, Discovering Chestnut Hill: Rural Village to Philadelphia Neighborhood.


Check back soon for more information on November’s topic! Previous subjects discussed at our Ask the Experts series have included masonry, roofing, windows, kitchen remodeling, electrical work, flooring, energy efficiency, project management, and many others!